Being a parent isn’t an easy job. You have to make sure your child eats – and eats healthy – and learns how to behave. It becomes a dozen times tougher when your child falls ill! You’d want the best treatment for them so they would recover. The same goes for dog parents like us. Our child may walk on four legs instead of two but they are nonetheless our furry baby! What makes the two cases different from each other is how each set of parents are prepared to deal with illness.
In case of a child, most parents have at least some idea how to deal with the common ailments. If their kid gets a fever, they will think of bringing the temperature down. When their child struggles with flu, they will ply the kid with fluids and soup. However, matters get complicated when you’re dealing with a pet. For most people, there is no standard protocol that they can follow. Everything is so different in this scenario that you will be hard put to find a way to care for your sick pet.
So, what can you do? The first thing you should do, regardless of what type of symptoms you see, is call their vet. Have them come over or take your dog to the vet to be examined. Once the vet determines the cause of illness and prescribes medicine, bring your pet home. Now do the following things as part of your care-giving routine. When they begin to improve, you will be able to breathe easy too and can start shopping for Unique Dog Toys to spoil them with!
How will I know when to take my dog to the vet?
If you have spent some time with your dog, you’d be familiar with their behavior.
One way you will realize that something isn’t right is when they seek you out more than usual. Another clue is you call them and call them but they have been hiding more than usual.
If your dog isn’t giving off either hint but you still suspect they are sick, look for a change in their physical appearance.
The way a dog carries themselves can be a big clue. Sick dogs will walk with a slumped posture, tuck their tails in, and squint their eyes.
Other signs you should watch out for include:
- Decreased or disappearing appetite
- Low activity or energy levels
- Whining or crying
- Diarrhea and vomiting
- Bloody stool or urine
- Unable to defecate or urinate
- Bloated abdomen
- Balding due to increased shedding
- Excessive licking
- Excessive scratching
- Nasal discharge
- Foul breath
- Bad-smelling fur, nose, or skin
- Inability of taking the stairs
Of course, there will be differences from individual to individual and even based on their breed. Even so, what you should be looking for is a significant departure from the normal. Just remember, you have played with them, fed them, and held them – nobody knows them or their personality the way you do! Don’t forget to lavish them with Fun Dog Toys once they have recovered!